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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: 1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069-8840
Phone Number: 972-562-5566
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape...

Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.

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Heard in MCKinney is a nice place to take children's. The best time to go is when they have the dinosaurs they look so real. My grandchildren love it. Also they have little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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McKinney, Texas
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Heard in MCKinney is a nice place to take children's. The best time to go is when they have the dinosaurs they look so real. My grandchildren love it. Also they have little houses that looks like log home from old times. The children are able to go in and play. There are live animals there as well. Trails to... More 

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Thank Prsnprncss
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lot's of interesting displays and animals and birds. Our 7 year old Granddaughter really liked it, especially the Dinosaur area. She immediately identified the dinosaur hanging form the ceiling in one room.

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Thank Glenn C
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to go for a walk through a natural Texas wetland. Lots of different trails and a nice little museum and gift shop. This is not a Perot class museum. The preserve and trails are a local treasure in the north Texas suburban desert.

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McKinney, Texas
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place! We purchased a family membership- that way we can go for an hour and not feel guilty if the kids are done. The hikes are fun, especially by the water; we always see animals and enjoy the flowers. When hiking, wear bug repellent on legs and midsection- once, only once, we got chiggers walking through the wildflower path.... More 

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Thank lemondrop2013
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is awesome!! The kids all loved it so much from the animals displayed to the walking trails to the talk about Texas animals, it was great. We also had lunch outside at the picnic tables and this is always fun too!! I was a little sad the butterfly garden wasn't open when we went, but hope to see... More 

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Thank Mary C
McKinney, Texas
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary is located just East of McKinney and not far from downtown. It has some pretty cool exhibits, but it is very small and there are not a lot of animals. That being said, the acreage is a really cool place to walk around or take a short hike with the family. The... More 

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Thank Clint C
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

We have had a membership here for the last 4 years and I cannot say enough good things about The Heard. My boys are 3 & 5 and we go almost daily in the spring and fall. We've also been to the indoor part when it's raining and thoroughly enjoyed just looking at the exhibits with fossils and skeletons and... More 

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Denison, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I went with my son's second grade class field trip. They have a whole bunch of fun stuff to see and learn about. The kids loved the hands on activities they had for them. Loved the trails and the zoo area. One part the kids wouldn't stop talking about was the little play frontier village. We also liked the swamp... More 

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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

One of the things I most enjoyed about this nature center is that you can see 3 habitats all in one place: a wetlands, native prairie, and some wooded land. There are some nice trails and paths to walk and enjoy nature and is geared toward families and small children. They also have a small museum that shows some native... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Visited on Memorial day 2016, Received a 10% military discount on $10 adult admission (they probably do this year round. Took my in laws, 3 yr and 4 month old son. My 3 yr old son was so excited to see the animals and walk the paths. We took a normal stroller and ditched it on the side of the... More 

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